Dean Shepard

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FWIW-Green or blue-green mold on shitake blocks on the 2nd or 3rd flush is not uncommon.  It can be controlled (not eliminated ) by covering the spots with FRESH baking soda. The baking soda changes the ph thus inhibiting the mold growth. The worst mold for health concerns is black pin mold. If you see that spray with bleach and discard. It's more common on compost or pasturized straw substrates. Cheers!
2 months ago
What kind of bags are you using? Do they have a filter patch? I never cook grains. I soak over night in room temperture water (8-16 hours), drain water thru colander or sieve. Roll grain in a towel to pick up extra moisture (sometimes not always). Fill bags or jars 3/4 full. Add a bit of gypsum to each bag to prevent clumping. Shake jar or roll bag to coat grain with gypsum then load in pressure cooker. I have never heard of packing towels inside to fill up space. Space is a good thing. Make sure to have something ito keep the bags off the bottom of the PC.  My 2 cents.
2 months ago
Nice! I've never grown lions mane but it's on my to do list. Have you thought about covering the cut ends with wax or something to prevent the entrance of competitor fungi? Keep us updated with the results. Good luck?
2 months ago
Hello, my name is Dean. I've been lurking on this site for about a month and decided to join because of the friendly, polite and helpfull nature of the community. I ran accross the site by accident while researching how to grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.

I had never heard of permaculture before even though I do employ some of the practices. After digging through the fungi forum I looked around the site and found a wealth of information about other topics I knew nothing about. For example, rocket stoves, mass heaters, hugel culture, and interesting DIY self hacks.

I was impressed by the knowledge and sound advice given by the members growing mushrooms.  I tried to make a living growing mushrooms back in the late 80's and early 90's. I even recieved government assistance to get started. Unfortunately I failed.

I will be retiring in about two years and plan to grow a few mushrooms to supplement my pension income. I grew Oyster, Shitake and Enoki mushrooms indoors on straw or supplemented sawdust using sterile techniques. This time  I will still grow indoors but intend to focus on low tech non sterile methods outdoors. I will still build a lab to maintain cultures and grow spawn.

I have several experiments planned that I would appreciate member feedback on.  Should I start a new topic for each experiment or put all the experiments in one thread?

Right now for fun and to see if I still have "the touch" I bought some Oyster mushrooms from the store and cut the stems off. I sprayed the outside with hydrogen peroxide then ripped the stem lengthways and placed them between soaked cardboard inside a tupperware container. It worked really well. I transfered those to untreated sawdust from hardwood fuel pellets with mixed results. I need to dial in my moisturee content and get some chips to blend in.

I am looking forward to sharing my experiance with others.
2 months ago